Got the Itch? Wanna start Writing?
Here are a few prompts to get your wheels rolling…
1. An old couple stops you in the street and says you’d be perfect for the job…
2. The entire neighbourhood is beige and grey, but at the end of the street sits a bright blue house. Who lives there?
3. You’re in the middle of a coffee shop, and time grinds to a halt. Describe the scene.
4. You find the end of a rainbow…
5. Write about something you hate to love.
6. Jeff has just scored the winning goal in the football championship. He is a hero, and he is being carried on the shoulders of the teammates. You are the reporter who gets to interview Jeff.
7. You meet a girl who, when she closes her eyes, can see the entire universe. Tell us about this girl.
8. There were pancakes everywhere…
9. You realize your crush is following you home. What do you do?
10. Describe a dream you remember.
11. A light in your backyard gets brighter and brighter, until…Flash! Flash! Flash! What causes these flashes? Where are you, and how do they affect you?
12. What does your dog do when you’re away? Does it go on adventures or guard the house? If it sleeps, what does it dream about?
13. Two people get stuck on a roller coaster ride together. What do they talk about?
14. You see a picture of yourself in a newspaper. It says you have disappeared. What is going on?
15. Does your house have feelings? Is it grumpy, happy, or somewhere in between? How old is it? If it could tell a story, what would it tell?
16. What’s something that you can do better than anyone else you know? Write a how-to guide about your area of expertise.
17. Write a witch’s spell.
18. Think of a bad habit, and write a scene where the main character can’t stop doing it.
19. What is the real story behind your favourite song?
20. Think of the worse fight you’ve ever had and write about it from the other person’s perspective.
21. For one day you can snap your fingers and live that day as any historical or famous figure. Who will you choose? Why?
22. What would you do if you were stuck in a bathroom?
23. You wake up one morning unable to speak or write. How will you communicate to those around you?
24. You’re sitting at a cafe, and when you get up to refill, you notice someone has dropped a note on your seat. What does the note say? Who has left it?
25. You find a bunch of kittens on the side of the road. They can’t find their mother. What do you do with the kittens? What do you discover about them?
26. Write the fantastic story about the origin of April Fools’ Day.
27. Describe the colour red to somebody who is colour blind.
28. Write a letter to your grandchild about the world you grew up in.
29. Write a letter to your hero. Why does that person inspire you? What do you wish to tell them?
30. What is your earliest winter memory?
31. Describe how it feels to be underwater.
32. Write about the worries of a very tall person.
33. Write about a family of tiny people who build dollhouses.
34. What do you do on a Saturday?
35. A woman thinks she might be living next door to her grandson.
36. Tell a complete stranger about a beloved family tradition.
37. The way the sky looks today.
38. Something you’d like to know more about.
39. Your most treasured photograph.
40. A piece of clothing you keep just for the memory.
41. The oldest item in your possession.
42. The point of view of a blind person.
43. Everyone was laughing, except you.
44. Your future wedding vows.
45. An argument at Sunday dinner.
46. Why you forgot to pay your credit card bill.
47. Your last year on Earth.
48. A scene that takes place in extreme cold.
49. A scene in which two people leave believing opposite things are true.
50. That snappy reply you never got a chance to say.
Ideas taken from the 642 Things to Write About books (Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2011 & 2014)